Teacher Guide

Our Town Lesson Plan

Notes to the Teacher

Every classroom is different, but the key to teaching a play, whether it is in a literature course or a drama or theater course, is to bring the play alive in your classroom. Reading a play is a different experience from reading a novel; likewise, a play should be taught differently. This lesson plan includes activities and questions that can be used to encourage students to perform and see the play as a performed text. The themes in Our Town, including mortality and love, and the straightforwardness of Wilder's language may be of interest to many students.

Remember that some students will have a limited theatrical background, while others will be experienced actors. Cast accordingly. Do...

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